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December 13, 2012

2012 WOMEN'S CROSS COUNTRY REVIEW

Sarahbeth Jones won team MVP honors for the second straight season as she led Augustana to a second place finish in the College Conference of Illinois & Wisconsin in 2012.

Sarahbeth Jones women's cross country MVP for the second straight season; Vikings win two invitationals; finish second in the CCIW and ninth at the Midwest Regional

Led by two-time team MVP Sarahbeth Jones (Warren Township HS, Glen Allen, Va.), coach Fred Whiteside's Augustana cross country team brought home a second-place CCIW finish and a ninth-place finish at this year's NCAA Division III Midwest Regional. The Vikings, who were ninth in the final USTFCCCA Midwest Region rankings, also won the College of DuPage and St. Ambrose Invitationals, as well as their only dual meet vs. St. Ambrose.

Jones, who has been the top Augustana finisher in every race in which she competed for the last two years, won her second consecutive team MVP award. She ran a 21:40 to win the Brissman/Lundine Invitational on September 21, earning her second CCIW cross country "Athlete of the Week" award of the season. Her first came after a fifth-place 17:14 at the Illinois Intercollegiate Championship in Normal, Illinois on September 14. Her third would come after a second-place finish at Rose-Hulman's Pre-National meet on October 6. While her teammates were busy winning the St. Ambrose Invitational title, Jones ran a 21:45 in Terre Haute, Indiana to finish second in a field of over 300 runners. In addition, she was 12th (22:15) among more than 500 competitors at the UW-Oshkosh Invitational on October 14.

At the CCIW Championship on October 27, Jones battled leg cramps to finish fifth for the second year in a row and help Augustana to a second-place team finish, the program's best since 2000. Juniors Kristyn Barton (York HS, Elmhurst, Ill.) and Kate Benge (Pleasant Valley HS, Bettendorf, Iowa) and senior Kirstillyn Pohlman (Zion Benton HS, Winthrop Harbor, Ill.) captured top 20 finishes at the conference meet as well. The trio grabbed places 15 through 17, with Barton finishing in 23:26, Pohlman in 23:27 and Benge in 26:33. Sophomore Lizzie Lundine (Willowbrook HS, Villa Park, Ill.) and seniors Annie Heifner (Oregon HS, Oregon, Wis.) and Tara Bistry (Joliet Catholic HS, Joliet, Ill.) rounded out Whiteside's top seven. Lundine finished 22nd in 23:47. Heifner was 31st in 23:58 and Bistry finished 33rd in 24:00.

Led by Jones' 34th-place 22:46, the Vikings had four runners in the top 66 at the Midwest Regional in Winneconne, Wisconsin on November 10. Pohlman finished 56th with a time of 23:08. Benge was 61st in 23:14 and Bacon's 23:19 was good for 66th. Barton (24:35), Lundine (24:54) and Bistry (24:56) rounded out the Viking contingent, finishing 131st, 152nd and 154th, respectively.

With Jones running at Rose-Hulman, sophomore Jessica Bacon (Rock Island HS, Rock Island, Ill.) came through with a winning 19:18 at the St. Ambrose Invitational on October 6. Barton's time of 19:25 earned her third place and Benge (19:30) and Pohlman (19:31) finished seventh and eighth, respectively, as the Vikings won the 10-team event.

Benge was the winner in Augustana's season-opening dual meet win over St. Ambrose. She completed the course at Moline, Illinois' Sylvan Island in 15:21 to claim individual honors.

The Vikings had seven top ten finishers to easily win the eight-team College of DuPage Invitational on September 28.  Barton's 18:16 was good for second place, tops among Viking harriers. Bacon, Benge and Bistry finished fourth through sixth, running 18:29, 18:38 and 18:51, respectively. Pohlman (19:09), Lundine (19:11) and Heifner (19:23) came in eighth, ninth and 10th.

Other award winners for Augustana included Jennifer Prazak (Naperville North HS, Naperville, Ill.), who won her fourth straight "Erica Vortman Viking Spirit Award" and served as a captain along with fellow seniors Jones, Heifner and Theresa Coverick (Stagg HS, Palos Park, Ill.). Pohlman and junior Katie Pittman (Mahomet-Seymour HS, Mahomet, Ill.) shared "Susan Wall Most Improved Runner" honors. Pittman was the Vikings' top finisher at the North Central Open, running a 14th-place 18:47. "Most Valuable Freshman" recognition went to Hana Lobsinger (Wheaton Warrenville South HS, Wheaton, Ill.), Rachel Rodriguez (Mahomet-Seymour HS, Mahomet, Ill.) and Jeneen Schier (Oregon HS, Oregon, Ill.).  Barton and junior Kristen Whiteside are captains-elect for the 2013 season.

2012 CCIW WOMEN'S CROSS COUNTRY MEET

October 27, 2012 *** Warrenville, Illinois *** St. James Farm

TEAM SCORES

PLACE

TEAM

SCORE

1.

Illinois Wesleyan

32

2.

AUGUSTANA

74

3.

Wheaton

88

4.

North Central

98

5.

Carthage

127

6.

Elmhurst

150

7.

Millikin

180

8.

North Park

250

INDIVIDUAL TOP 15 (and Augustana finishers)

PLACE

RUNNER

SCHOOL

TIME

1.

Rachael Williams

Illinois Wesleyan

21:59

2.

Lauren Williams

Elmhurst

22:24

3.

Elise Anderson

Illinois Wesleyan

22:29

4.

Katie Kummerer

Carthage

22:33

5.

SARAHBETH JONES

AUGUSTANA

22:43

6.

Emma Gilbertson

Wheaton

22:48

7.

Carmin Beck

Illinois Wesleyan

22:55

8.

Annie Shults

Wheaton

22:59

9.

Kindra Emberton

Millikin

23:02

10.

Katherine Filippo

Illinois Wesleyan

23:05

11.

Cassie Anderson

Illinois Wesleyan

23:11

12.

Ann Middleton

North Central

23:12

13.

Meagan DeSalvo

Illinois Wesleyan

23:12

14.

Karin Wirth

Carthage

23:20

15.

KRISTYN BARTON

AUGUSTANA

23:26

Augustana Finishers

 

 

 

16.

KIRSTILLYN POHLMAN

AUGUSTANA

23:27

17.

KATE BENGE

AUGUSTANA

23:33

22.

LIZZIE LUNDINE

AUGUSTANA

23:47

31.

ANNIE HEIFNER

AUGUSTANA

23:58

33.

TARA BISTRY

AUGUSTANA

24:00

35.

JESSICA BACON

AUGUSTANA

24:05

39.

KELSEY STOCKERT

AUGUSTANA

24:16

45.

BECCA SUND

AUGUSTANA

24:31

2012 AUGUSTANA WOMEN'S CROSS COUNTRY SUPERLATIVES

TEAM FINISHES - 1st of 10 with 31 points at the St. Ambrose Invitational, 10/06/12 in Bettendorf, Iowa...1st of 8 with 20 points at the College of DuPage Invitational, 09/28/12 in Wheaton, Illinois...2nd of 8 with 74 points at the CCIW Championship, 10/27/12 in Warrenville, Illinois...3rd of 32 with 125 points at the Brissman/Lundeen Invitational, 09/21/12 in Rock Island, Illinois...4th of 4 with 97 points at the North Central Open, 11/01/12 in Wheaton, Illinois...9th of 40 with 397 points at the NCAA Division III Midwest Regional in Winneconne, Wisconsin, 11/10/12...9th of 30 with 261 points at the Illinois Intercollegiate Championship, 09/14/12 in Normal, Illinois...14th of 37 with 448 points at the UW-Oshkosh Invitational, 10/14/12 in Winneconne, Wisconsin.

TOP 10 INDIVIDUAL FINISHES

Illinois Intercollegiate Championship, 09/14/12 in Normal, Illinois: 5th, Sarahbeth Jones in 17:41.

Brissman/Lundeen Invitational, 09/21/12 in Rock Island, Illinois: 1st, Sarahbeth Jones in 21:40.

College of DuPage Invitational, 09/28/12 in Wheaton, Illinois: 2nd, Kristyn Barton in 18:16...4th, Jessica Bacon 5th in 18:29... 6th, Kate Benge in 18:38...8th, Kirstillyn Pohlman in 19:09...9th, Lizzie Lundine in 19:11...10th, Annie Heifner in 19:23.

Rose-Hulman Pre-Nationals, 10/06/12 in Terre Haute, Indiana: 2nd, Sarahbeth Jones in 21:45.

St. Ambrose Invitational, 10/06/12 in Bettendorf, Iowa: 1st, Jessica Bacon in19:18...3rd, Kristyn Barton in 19:25...7th, Kate Benge in 19:30...8th, Kirstillyn Pohlman in 19:31.

CCIW Championship, 10/27/12 in Warrenville, Illinois: 5th, Sarahbeth Jones in 22:43.

CCIW "ATHLETE OF THE WEEK" - Sarahbeth Jones, 09/18/12, 09/25/12 and 10/09/12.

ACADEMIC ALL-CONFERENCE  - Jessica Bacon, Kate Benge, Kristina Bowen, Susanne Brashler, Stephanie Brashler, Stephanie Burbidge, Theresa Coverick, Emma Grandgeorge, Annie Heifner, Sarahbeth Jones, Rachel Kelly, Katherine Kornaus, Hana Lobsinger, Elizabeth Lundine, Kerri McGrail, Kelsey Moon, Katie Pittman, Jennifer Prazak, Amanda Rodriguez, Rachel Rodriguez, Jeneen Schier, Lorraine Stamberger, Kelsey Stockert, Rebecca Sund, 

TEAM AWARDS

MOST VALUABLE RUNNER - Sarahbeth Jones

SUSAN WALL MOST IMPROVED RUNNER - Kirstillyn Pohlman and Katie Pittman

MOST VALUABLE FRESHMAN - Hana Lobsinger, Rachel Rodriguez and Jeneen Schier

ERICA VORTMAN VIKING SPIRIT AWARD - Jennifer Prazak

TEAM CAPTAINS 2011 - Theresa Coverick, Annie Heifner, Sarahbeth Jones and Jennifer Prazak

CAPTAINS-ELECT FOR 2012 -Kristyn Barton and Kristen Whiteside